Place Cards, Favor Tags, Guest Books, Etc.
Most of the paper products that are used in the name of weddings end up in landfills after the festivities are over — and they can just be eliminated. No one really needs a program to follow what is going on; it's a wedding ceremony, not a three-ring circus. You can skip the menus, too. Just say no to matchbooks and custom printed napkins. Place cards can be eliminated by letting guests sit wherever they want, and this is extremely easy if you have a small intimate affair. Favor tags are not necessary, but if you do decide to have them, let them do double duty as a favor tag and a place card.
Great green options for place cards and favor tags include using non-paper products such as leaves, twigs, or small stones. Names or sentiments can be written on the surface for the reception, and they can be returned to nature afterward — no garbage created.
If you do decide to use things such as favor tags or place cards, do them in the greenest way possible by using recycled, handmade, or tree-free paper for them. Many of the companies that offer eco-fabulous invitations also offer eco-accessories such as guest books, favors, favor tags, place cards, menus, and even ribbons.